Upcoming Release: Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times

April 7 2022

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art in London will be hosting an interesting panel discussion on 27th April 2022 to celebrate the release of the following book. Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times is the latest publication by Edwin Coomasaru and Theresa Deichert.

According to a section from a brief introduction found on the Courtauld's website:

Armageddon is a cultural framework which has developed a series of conventions over centuries: the promise of rebirth after death or a saviour to turn chaos into order. Artists have long worked with and against such narrative tropes, and this book investigates the tensions between visual culture and political discourse that draw on or disrupt apocalyptic thinking. Grove complains that ‘the conceptual and temporal boundaries of apocalypses are frustrating diffuse’—but such flexibility is exactly why Armageddon has been profoundly generative as a cultural and social metaphor.53 The word ‘apocalypse’ derives from Greek, meaning ‘unveiling’, and this edited collection aims to explore and understand what modern and contemporary images of the end times may tell about the societies that gave rise to them.

The panel discussion will be live streamed (free - but registration required) for those who can't make it to the event in London.

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